Government must do more for students

There are lots of students who suffer because of high tuitions. Glendale Community College raised its fees to $36 per unit, making it very hard for students.

My education will be extended because of the recent budget cuts. It is a very important issue for the government to do something about the education budget. The government should make jobs available for the student to be able to work at the same time they study.

Edwin Amijanian


Glendale Pops can’t be missed

I had the pleasure of attending the premiere concert of the Glendale Pops Orchestra on May 13 at the Alex Theatre.

What an incredible, joyful affair it was — fantastic arrangements, amazing musicality, world famous guests. It was the type of concert you would expect to see on TV or at a larger venue.

I would argue the Glendale Pops, led by its incomparable conductor Matt Catingub, is every bit if not more talented than any pops orchestra in the country. I am gratified that we have such a world-class orchestra in our very own backyard.

How many other cities in Southern California can claim this? Kudos to the Glendale Arts organization for helping bring this exceptional entertainment to our city.

The unfortunate news was that the Alex was not sold out for this concert. How disappointing. Out of a population of nearly 200,000, we could not even fill the 1,400 seats in the theater to support this outstanding venture? And on a Friday night?

Glendale aspires to be a world-class cultural arts city, and our officials are doing what they can to achieve this. However, being known as a city of the arts requires that its citizens actually support the arts.

The Glendale Pops Orchestra will be a great test case. Will we Glendale residents support and cultivate this worthwhile endeavor? Or will we squander this unique opportunity?

There are five more Pops concerts over the next year, starting on June 30 at the Americana at Brand. I hope that Glendale residents come out for this event, and show all of Southern California that this city is ready to step up and embrace the arts.

Eric Johnston


Garcia should be next city attorney

I would like to see Chief Assistant City Atty. Michael Garcia on the short list of candidates to be our next city attorney come August per your May 13 article “City attorney announces retirement.”

Garcia has served the city well during his many years here. He managed and led the department in the absence of the City Atty. Scott Howard. He assembled, composed and constructed opinions on a timely basis, saved the day with his opinions on many occasions, and especially on Aug. 4, 2009, when a speaker was out of control. Garcia restored civility and decorum to the City Council meeting without having to recess the meeting.

His strongest skill is that of supervising the employees in the department. The city manager needs to look no further that what we have already in the city attorney’s office with Garcia, who should be on that short list of candidates presented to the City Council.

Gary Cornell


Editor’s note: Cornell is a member of the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee.

Seeking witnesses to estate sale theft

I was truly disheartened at the theft during my 97-year-old mother's estate sale.

She lived in her La Crescenta home for 55 years. I grew up in this loving home, so it was nice to hear people say they felt peaceful as they came in to buy her things and were impressed at how well kept and beautiful her home was.

We had moved my mother to be near us in Colorado last January and put her house on the market. Her home sold, and before closing we needed to have an estate sale to help provide for her.

During the sale, I noticed my grandmother's silver hand mirror was missing from the cupboard where I had my dirty clothes and bag I brought for my week stay preparing for this sale. My son had flown in from Minneapolis and my daughter from Chicago to help me. They had left their bags in the trunk of our rental car. A life-long friend had driven up to help us too.

We thought four of us could easily manage the crowd. People in the house were as devastated as I was when I realized the cupboard door was open and my dirty clothes were lying on the floor. Then I discovered my loss.

This mirror had been left to me when my grandmother passed away in 1980. I treasured it and never would have had it with me, but I'd found a jeweler in La Crescenta who was able to re-silver it for me and just picked it up the day before to show my kids.

I told my daughter it would be hers one day and then my granddaughter's. It was worn and tarnished since it was 100 years old, but I used it every day and thought of my wonderful grandmother when I did.

I cannot seem to let this go without warning people and sharing my story. I'm sad to say you have to be very careful, and I'm wondering now if some of the haggling over prices was done to distract me while the theft was taking place.

My daughter was on the driveway watching over the garage, my friend in the kitchen taking the money, and my son and I were then free to answer questions and roam through the house and garage.

My daughter and I discovered after we closed for the day that all of our cosmetics were stolen from under the sink in the bathroom and medicine chest. Although this was annoying, it was nothing compared to the sadness I feel over the loss of all of the memories I had of watching my grandmother use her mirror and then giving it to me.

I was so proud to have it and would do anything to get it back. If anyone saw anything that Saturday, April 9, I would somehow reward them. Contact me at (970) 663-5658.

Sue Lacey

Loveland, Colo.

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